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Farming

Confidence takes a hit

Dairy cows. Farmer confidence is shaky because of plunging dairy prices.

Demand boosts bull sales

Bull sale Prices are up at most of the on-farm bulls sales occurring around the Waikato.

Free range egg fraud

Chicken and egg One of Australia's biggest egg produces has been fined over NZ$300,000 for falsely passing off product as free range.

RMA reform hailed

The lambs of downcountry rams are being tested to see if their sires perform on hill country farms where most sheep are found. Federated Farmers describe National's election victory as a mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act.

Vineyards on frost-watch

helicopter Helicopters and frost fans worked through the night after mild frosts threatened Marlborough's 2015 vintage.

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Milking her dream job

Daisy the calf has pride of place in Louise Giltrap's childhood scrapbook. Rediscovering a memento of her childhood takes Louise Giltrap back to the calf that sparked a dream.

Tech take up slow

NZ leads the world in developing new technologies for improved production but they're poorly taken up on our farms.

Rural Kiwis getting raw deal

Water tax will raise prices

Dairy drop 'catastrophic'

Gaynor Tierney Farmers and the wider agricultural industry are bracing for another deep cut to this season's dairy forecast.

Synlait widens export base

Milk products manufacturer Synlait Milk is ramping up its export channels into China.

Payout cut looms

Synlait Milk profit right on target

Confidence takes a hit

Farmer confidence is shaky because of plunging dairy prices.

Beef prices tipped to rise

roast beef Beef steer prices are heading for a record high, while lamb, dairy, and grains prices remain flat.

Links with the land

A nine-year-old confidently outlines 100 years of family history to 150 people at her parents' bull sale.

Striving for the best

Filled with bulls

Demand boosts bull sales

Prices are up at most of the on-farm bulls sales occurring around the Waikato.

Robotic sheepdog idea rejected

sheepdog strap Robotic sheepdogs may be the way of the future, but Lassie is unlikely to be put out to pasture any time soon, Federated Farmers says.

Shrek fleeced of record

A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

Swede fears spread

No time to be sheepish

Pre-lamb squeeze tough on shearers

A ''concertina-ing'' of prelamb shearing is putting pressure on contractors, shearer says.

Wine subsidies outrage

Jacob's Creek New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate.

Stopping the rot

Two new research projects promising to produce healthier food and boost exports have been granted funding.

Yachts targeted in fruit fly fight

Onion secrets shared

Farmer's hand minced in machine

Man yelled for help for 90 minutes before managing to text a friend after getting caught in wheat auger.

Vineyards on frost-watch

helicopter Helicopters and frost fans worked through the night after mild frosts threatened Marlborough's 2015 vintage.

RMA reform hailed

Federated Farmers describe National's election victory as a mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act.

Contract saved tired farmers

GM on the agenda

Free range egg fraud

One of Australia's biggest egg produces has been fined over NZ$300,000 for falsely passing off product as free range.

Time to plan beyond forced births

calf Forced births (inductions) will not be allowed from spring next year and farmers are being advised to start taking action now.

Common sense required

Stock on roads can result in tragedy if the risk is not taken seriously.

An extra week to end it all?

Plantain guru casts light on system

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.